Allgood Custom Leather

Allgood Custom Leather (aka Creston and Company), is a small store with unique items from mostly local artisans and custom leather hand-crafted goods located in the tiny town of Creston, CA,  just on the outskirts of Paso Robles. The store is owned by Matt Allgood and his wife Meagan (nee Ryan), who is a 6th generation Creston resident.

The Ryan family roots run deep in Creston, dating back to the late 1800’s; so much so, that the building that Matt and Meagan operate their business out of is the same building that Meagan’s ancestors ran a general mercantile from in the early 1900’s through the late 1940’s.

On my husband and my first visit to the store, we walked into the small wooden building and were immediately impressed with the selection of cute country clothing, cowboy hats, and custom t-shirts, jackets, mugs, and other quality items with the Creston logo. There were custom leather saddles, knife belts, and other intricately hand-crafted leather items throughout the store. Memorabilia from the past was strategically placed throughout the store as a reminder of a by-gone era.

Within a minute of our entrance, an extremely friendly man wearing a cowboy hat walks out from the back room and greets us with his huge smile, southern drawl and a tip of his hat and introduces himself as Matt.

Matt begins explaining that he is working on a pair of chaps. Unbeknownst to us, we had no idea that this skilled craftsmanship still existed. It was from that day forward that we became fast friends with Matt and big fans of the store.

The store is a fun stop for those looking for a modern-day experience of country living at its best. On any given day, you can walk into the store and find Matt in the back working on his latest project or it’s very likely he may be visiting with a local who stops by to just say hi.

A fun experience is to have Matt custom fit and shape a cowboy hat for you. The store sells stock hats that have not yet been shaped and it’s entertaining to watch Matt steam and trim the hat to your specific specifications.

The next time you find yourself in the Paso Robles area, take the time to come out to the town of Creston…enjoy the Creston Wine Trail, stop by the store and say hi to Matt and then cross the street and enjoy a crafted meal by chef Pandee Pearson at the Longbranch Saloon…you won’t be sorry.

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The store is located at 6223 Webster Road, Creston, CA. Open Weds – Sat.

 

The Sea Chest | Cambria, CA

Cambria is a quaint coastal town located near the Pacific Ocean just off West Hwy 46. If you are coming from Hwy 101 at Paso Robles, the pleasant drive on Hwy 46 West will take you by several wineries and produce farms.

Cambria has an easy-going, artist community vibe. You will find unique shops, restaurants, and wine-tasting rooms scattered between the two distinct downtown areas. The two downtown areas are walkable if you enjoy a long walk; otherwise, I believe there is a trolley that shuttles people back and forth, or you can drive yourself.

Moonstone Beach is the primary location for the majority of hotels that are located waterfront. Also located here is my very favorite restaurant in this area, The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant is located in what I can only describe as a Sea Captain’s Cottage with its cozy wood interior walls, old books on the shelves, and well-worn, sturdy furniture.

The food is always consistently good (and I’m talking about over the years I’ve been going here); some of their specialties are the House Cioppino, Local Morro Bay Oysters, and Panko Crusted Calamari Steak. The Clam Chowder and daily fresh fish catches are always crowd favorites, and they offer a great selection of local and beyond wine choices.

Word of warning, they do not take reservations (they often have over an hour wait), and they only take cash, so be sure to come with a stuffed wallet…but it is well worth it! The great news is, it’s located oceanfront (and I always wait for a table by the window), so wear your walking shoes and stroll the boardwalk while you’re waiting for your name to come up or sit by the outdoor fire pit with your favorite beverage. A visit here is an entire coastal dining experience.

James Dean’s Memorial

 

 

James Dean was a popular actor in the 1950’s who is remembered as a cultural icon for his Hollywood movie roles. He became a legend of sorts after his life came to a very untimely and tragic death at the early age of 24 when he died in a car accident at the intersection of Hwy 46 and Hwy 41 in Central California near Paso Robles. I was always told that there was a memorial for him but thinking it was on the West side of Hwy 46 from the 101 freeway, I could never find it.

Today I discovered the memorial site while traveling on Hwy 41 (East of Hwy 101), cutting across from Interstate 5. The memorial site is just a short distance from the actual crash site (the intersection of Hwy 41 and Hwy 46) where you will see an American flag on a chain link fence and his adoring fans still bring flowers 60 years after his death.

The memorial structure honoring James Dean stands on Hwy 41 located next to the Jack Ranch Cafe and adjacent Hearst Winery tasting room.

 

The Jack Ranch Cafe seems to be frozen in a time capsule with its retro decor and, as expected, the walls are flanked with images of James Dean and they sell some memorabilia, but the pleasant surprise was that they have quite an extensive menu and the food was good. The Hearst Winery tasting room is adjacent to the cafe and a nice way to cap off the visit.

 

So for any James Dean fans out there who might want to visit his memorial and pay tribute to him, I would recommend a stop here and, while you’re there, grab a bite to eat and taste some wine! Cheers!
Address:
James Dean Memorial / Jack Ranch Cafe
19215 CA-46, Shandon, CA 93461